F 1 D 0 - 2003 07 09 at 1400 Like my first studio. Monday's Traditional dance had a record number of people. By the end, we had eight dancers, including me. One of them runs a local Yoga studio, and has invited me to check out her place. What a place! What a place! It is long, it is bright, and completely beautiful. It used to be an old pool hall, covered with smoky everything, and the bathrooms were really just a latrine. Marjut and her landlord changed all of that. The floor was painted white with grey highlights. The bathrooms were modernized. It has an openness that rivals so many other places I've seen recently. We'll try it next Monday. Our cost is whatever people contribute, and I'll suggest $5 per person, as my flyer says. I'll let you know what happens. It reminds me so much of the studio I first spent time dancing in. Lauren Goldhamer's Studio. She taught Bartenieff movement fundamentals to adults, as well as a class she whipped up "Body Dynamics". That was an exercise class for an hour, with a 20-30 minute dance component on the end, like dessert. I knew I wanted to get involved in this when I was attending this 5x or more a week. Seeing this place I became awash in the old feelings. - - There are days when I don't see colours correctly. There are other days when I can tell you are talking, but I don't understand anything. Others still where I'm talking, and I cannot make myself understood. Yesterday at bluegrass was a day when no matter what I tried, I couldn't tune my instrument. I couldn't sing either. I screeched and felt like I was out of tune. I'm glad this doesn't happen on keyboard instruments very often at all. But it was hard last night. I left the event early because I just couldn't figure out what to do. It was like my musical ear was broken. - - You must all be sick of my love of crows. I've been watching them cover each other with open wings and show a caring for family I've just not noticed before. Oh, I want a pet crow badly. I won't. But I can still tell you here how much I want one. - - I have made up a disk of Only English Country Dance melodies in MP3 format. That's about 10 hours of dancing. And of note, I've located more than 90% of the dance instructions for them. Should I listen to my participants? They want me to cover exactly the same dances next week as last week. For the English dances this makes some sense, but for the contradances, it seems wrong to me. A contradance is a kind of "here today gone tomorrow" dance to do. You shouldn't try to remember them, I don't think. - - After an hour of chat, it seems I could be heading south for August. Still nothing firm, but things look good. I'll spend some time in Guelph and in Kingston with Ann, and then spend the other time with family. That's all I know.